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Wilshaw and Morris seal Staffs win

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Peter Wilshaw and Gareth Morris led Staffordshire to a two-wicket win over bottom-placed Bedfordshire in their Minor Counties Championship match at Old Hill.

Chasing 148 for victory, Andy McGarry claimed 5-61 as Staffordshire slumped to 93 for eight before Wilshaw, who had made a century in the first innings, and Morris saw their side home.

Skipper Oliver Clayson's decision to put Staffordshire in seemed to be justified when they were reduced to 135 for six on the first day.

However, Bedfordshire could not wrap up the tail, with Wilshaw striking 126 and number nine Craig Barker making 64 to carry Staffordshire to 345.

McGarry claimed 4-80 from 27 overs and Martin Weightman 3-74.

In reply, James Kettleborough and Steve Stubbings put on 67 for the first wicket before a middle-order collapse saw six wickets fall for just 12 runs.

Weightman provided some resistance with 56 but Bedfordshire were bowled out for a dismal 159.

Following on, the opening pair of Kettleborough and Stubbings once again put on 67 until the former fell.

Stubbings and George Thurstance shared a partnership of 147 for the second wicket before the latter departed lbw for 86.

Stubbings dismissal for 97 sparked another collapse. Clayson made 40 and Chris Esh struck an unbeaten 36 but Bedfordshire were bowled out for 333, leaving their opponents a challenging total for victory.

McGarry took his tally to 33 wickets in just four matches but his heroics proved to be in vain.